We are just one week away from what can arguably be deemed the most critical General Election of the last 70 years!
Above all the other critical issues that face us is the A word.
Since Corbyn’s election as Party leader in 2015, the Labour Party has been hit by an Antisemitism scandal unprecedented in modern times in the UK.
This week, the Jewish Labour Movement’s (JLM) closing submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was made available online.The full document can be read here.
Unsurprisingly but nonetheless disgraceful, the JLM has concluded that “The Labour Party is no longer a safe space for Jewish people”, a conclusion based on the testimonies of former staff, Labour Party members and officials.
The JLM’s statement in response to the publication of their final submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s investigation into anti-Jewish racism in the Labour Party can be read here.
A Sky News article about heir submission can be read by clicking here.
It is worth noting that the only other political party to be investigated by the EHRC is the British National Party (BNP) – a far right facist party!
On the 21st November 2019, Corbyn presented the Labour Party’s manifesto in Birmingham.
The manifesto reads like a blueprint for boycotts and bullying of Israel – it can be read in full by clicking here.
Click here to read an expert analysis of the manifesto by We Believe in Israel’s Luke Akehurst.
On the 26th November, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis made an unprecedented intervention into politics, which he described as “amongst the most painful moments” of his career, In his article in The Times, he wrote how “a new poison” has taken hold in Labour “sanctioned from the very top”.
The article can be accessed here but is behind a paywall, so you would need to subscribe to read it. The Times offers a 1-month free trial.
The Chief Rabbi’s claims were supported from Rabbis across the religious spectrum . More on this can be read here.
On the same day, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted his support of the chief rabbi’s position, highlighting the “deep sense of insecurity and fear felt by many British Jews”.
Very quickly, Hindu leaders and the Muslim Council of Great Britain came out backing the chief rabbi. More about their support can be read by clicking here.
In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Neill on 26th November 2019, Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly refused to apologise to the Jewish community for the past 4 years worth of Antisemitism that has mushroomed in the Labour Party under his leadership.
For Corbyn, sorry does seem to be the hardest word.
The full interview can be viewed on BBC’s IPlayer here.
On the plus side however…
In that same interview, he declared that under his leadership “our society will be safe for people of all faiths“.
Yet despite this declaration, around the same time period, in one of Labour’s recent promotional videos all about equality for the UK’s minorities, all minority groups were mentioned except for one.
Yes, you guessed it.
Jews were not mentioned at all. Click here to watch the video.
Given the Antisemitism and Antisemitic anti-Zionism that has dogged the Labour Party under Corbyn’s leadership, one could be forgiven for concluding, after seeing this video, that the UK’s Jewish citizens are not deemed worthy of equality under a Labour government.
From the Labour Party’s website:
“The Labour Party is an anti-racist party, committed to combating and campaigning against all forms of racism, including antisemitism and Islamophobia.”
If only it were upheld, but sadly, when one considers the past 4 years of the Labour Party’s performance in dealing with Antisemitism within its ranks, often from within its highest echelons, and its leader’s own willing affiliations with Holocaust deniers, rank Antisemites, Antisemitic anti-Zionists and terrorist organisations that persecute and murder women and LGBT people and who use children as human shields, it becomes abundantly clear that for too many in and affiliated with the Labour Party, the Party’s core beliefs of equality for all and its anti-racist declarations are the antithesis of what we continue to see playing out before our very eyes.
The above is but just a small handful of reasons why, for the coming General Election on 12th December 2019, it really is as simple as ABC – ANYONE BUT CORBYN!